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Alexandria VA Dentist Blog

Can Menopause Impact Dental Health?

Menopause is the start of hormone changes that end a woman’s menstrual cycle and her fertility. Menopause can begin as early as the 40s, although the specific age that menopause happens will vary from woman to woman. Hormone changes—namely decreasing estrogen—in the…

Are Lumineers or Porcelain Veneers the Better Choice for Your Smile?

Lumineers and porcelain veneers are very similar cosmetic choices for your smile. Porcelain veneers are made of a durable ceramic material that’s thin yet provides a strong, attractive solution to tooth appearance that may be impacted by chips, stains, or unusually shaped…

How does a smile measure up? What are the metrics?

In this case patient presented with unsightly old dental restorations and gum recession leading to dark gaps between teeth and between teeth and gums (more technically called black triangles) .Patient came in to see Dr. Mazhari for a general check-up…

Two Unexpected Symptoms of TMJ

Most people are familiar with the common symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. These symptoms include jaw pain, muscle tension in the jaw, neck, shoulders, or back, headaches, and clicking and popping noises when moving the jaw. However, since the temporomandibular joint…

Do You Have Severe Dental Phobia? Here’s How Your Dentist Can Help

An estimated 20% of people experience dental anxiety, but less than half this number experience dental phobia, a severe fear that prevents people from going to the dentist entirely. Dental anxiety and dental phobia prevent patients all over the world from seeking…

Patient Case Study: Full Mouth Reconstruction

A client in his early 50s who had been coming to Dr. Mazhari for years was finally ready to transform his smile. As a busy, high-level executive, this gentlemen originally came to Dr. Mazhari with fractures in his teeth. However,…

How Do I Know if I Have TMJ? What Are the Signs?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are any disorders that encompass the complex joint in your body that connects your upper jaw to your lower jaw. Although necessary, the TMJ has the potential to cause chronic pain and discomfort, especially if you have a…

Which Foods and Habits Increase Plaque Buildup?

Plaque is a substance that’s constantly forming in our mouths. It results from our oral bacteria feeding on what we eat—and plaque is a waste product of that process. Plaque can feel like something fuzzy covering your teeth, but is more or…